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    September 12, 2012
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>> gretchen: good morning ladies. oh, boy. let's see. she was not drinking alcohol. duchess. >> steve spilled the beans to me. have a great show. "fox and friends" starts right now. >> gretchen: good morning, everyone. i am gretchen carlson, thanks for sharing your day today. ambassor to libya is dead after a rotest over the film. the united states reaction straight ark head. >> steve: meanwhile a growing feudbetween the white house and israel. did our president snub prime
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minister netanyahu for dave letterman. >> brian: remember the movie for the democratic national convention. turn out it was not american at all. they use russian ships. "fox and friends" starts right now. ♪ "fox and friends". >> gretchen: good morning, breaking news and the reports are coming out the uprising in the middle east and libya led to the death of the u.s. ambassador to the u.s. and a staffer and other people may be dead or injured right now. >> steve: the report coming to us. the state department said they have nothing for us right now. according to reuters, the
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ambassor and his team were trying to move to a safer place when they were hit. >> brian: the iran pastor put out a voand it seems like yesterday they were celebrating our entrance there and cheering us as saviors as we got rid of qaddafi and now trying to kill our state department officials . we are trying to get confirmation if they lost their lives due to a rocket attack. >> >> gretchen: the film depicts mohammed as a womanizer and pedophile and fraud and bound to offend many muslims. it within out on youtube, the trailer for it. and that has caused violence in libya and no better in egypt right now.
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we have seen the crowd shouts and that is cairo right now. >> steve: keep in mind the danish cartoonist simply drew a image of mohammed and that caused him to wind up losing his life. muslims find it offensive to depict mohammed in any fashion let alone like this. after the trouble started our u.s. embassy put out a statement. it said, the embassy . u.s. in cairo condemns the continued efforts of the. >> brian: the white house sa they didn't get permission . some official thought it was okay to put out a statement that shows us concilatory
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while our people are in harm's way. >> gretchen: the administration retracts the official. it was not cleared by washington and does not reflect the views of the united states government. matter what statement, this is a huge mess at this point in time. the ambassador is dead. if thea were dead and you have uprising in cairo right now. guess what, foreign policy is back in a forefront. >> brian: and the vow of not attacks but that changed when romney came out with statement earlier. that was a disful at the same time from the state department and then backed by the whit white. is anyone running this place. how can that happen? this is where the president has to be direct low involved
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with the secretary of state. >> steve: sure, plus in addition to the statement they put out and retracted. they sent out a tweet from the cairo embassy, we consistently stand up for muslims around the world and talk about how islam is a wonderful religion. what does that mean in charles krauthammer said the it was disful. >> that is a hostage statement and a mob of al-qaida sympathizers in egypt forcing the united states to make a statement of apology on 9/11 of all days for something that we are not responsible. i would say go to hell to the mob. and the way america and democracy works we don't
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police our speech. you ought to apologize for invading our embassy. for the u.s. to issue a veiled apology is disgraceful. >> gretchen: so that charles said . this shows how politics can change on a dime. 10-15 percent of the american public cares about the foreign policy . this could change everything . if the debates were held tonight these would be talking about this 30 minutes before they got to the economy. >> steve: who is running the state department and in charge of putting out the statements in cairo . we firmly reject, this is taken in. we firmly regret the actions of those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the actions of others.
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>> brian: here's what mitt romney said. i am outraged by the death of an american worker in bengazi. obama administration was not to condemn attacks on diplomatic. but sympathize those that wage the attacks. this is a situation we should stand up. what are the egyptians saying. you had a little bit of the time to get out of here. i have no idea in libya they clearly couldn't protect it and overwomened boy the numbers. they didn't troy to stop >> chris: just keep in mind all of this blood shed is over a dumb movie by an idiot in florida, the pastor terry jones who threatened to burn the qu'ran. 92 and eventually did. this is not the only foreign policy issue. president obama trying to find time to meet with prime
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minister netanyahu in person. but one thing on his schedule is confirmed. don't know if he will meet with the prime minister of israel but will sit down with david letterman. congressman, good morning. >> good morning. >> steve: what do you make of the story that the white house nixed the president meeting with the prime minister. the white house said it is not true. >> it is a snub of netanyahu. it is the priorities of the president are to campaign and be reelect be on david letterman . not be the commander-in-chief and protector of our national security an example when netanyahu said i need to meet with you personally about what is going on in israel and iran. the president said it - on we'll get back with you. >> gretchen: you know this because of sit on the committee and netanyahu fired
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back yesterday and i am not sure the exact order but he made a message to the united states. for refusing to set clear red linos iran's nuclear progress. as a result the administration has no moral right to restrain israel from taking military action of its own. what do you make of that? >> the united states and israel have different red lines in the sands . netanyahu makes it clear where there are. not only for israel but the rest of the world and including iran. what is the united states position? that's why netanyahu want to meet and should meet with the president. the president you know, is every day getting daily briefings on intelligence around the world. now we understand that the president may miss half of those meetings since he was president.
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he is the world leader, national security and he is focused on other issuings. >> brian: congressman, what is the difference diplomatically and internationally between red line and deadline. >> read line is the sand as to when there will be action x. israel's red line is when iran has nuclear capabilities and our red line is when iran actually has nuclear weapons and so to me, the red line and deadline are the same. >> brian: the secretary of defense said if they have a weapon we still have a year. once they can make a weapon. >> in my weapon they are making a weapon right now . that's why there is an under ground bunker in iran. our policy is try to use sanctions.
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and i don't think we can wait a year before we take action. we have our policy known to israel. >> gretchen: there is a public relations spin because president obama poke an hour with netanyahu last night . stay tuned to see if a meeting happens next week when he is in our country. congressman poe thank you. >> gretchen: teachers are on trike in chicago for a third day now. (chanting) >> gretchen: teacher's union and school board can't agree on evaluation and right for recall of laid off teachers. >> we are concerned about any evaluation system that put 28 percent of our numbers in harm's way of being dismissed.
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>> gretchen: but are they good teachers? chicago teachers are highest paid. $76,000. and just 15 percent . 15 percent of fourth graders e proficient in reading in chicago. the obama administration approving work permits and it comeses ahead of schedule . so far 72,000 illegal immigrants are expected to comply. the policy is expected to cost over five million. and the policy is employed by president obama. and former msglobal corzine knew more been the billions in customer money that disappeared without a trace. according to fox business network. corwrine was well aware of the
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possible misuse of fund and he could end up in jail. >> pointed to the cull paability of jon corzine in the missing customer funds. he knew that the money was being used and that there were problems in the way it was being used. that's what she told them initially. >> gretchen: corzine claims he had no involvement with the money disappearing before the company went under. on the last night of the democratic national convention a four star veteran took stage. those are russian warships. naval experts said they are russian ships with u.s. jets nearby. >> brian: you have a conflict. >> steve: straight ahead.
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read 14,2 and not 7.8 president. agencies at moodies is set to downgrade the u.s. triple a rating again. >> allyson: that's the prediction if congress fails to reach a deal. stewart varney joins us. >> dejavuall over again. >> gretchen: we talked about it left year and now back to the forefront, why? >> last august standard and poors downgraded america and moodies is saying watch out. if you don't get your debt under control. moody's said you own more than the entire size of your economy and own16 trillion dollars. and you are out of whack.
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relation between the debt and economy is out of line and if you don't correct it, we'll downgrade you . if we downgrade you, people who lend america money will be less willing. >> brian: would this be good or bad and have another stimulus. >> i almost said allen greenspan. that is what ben bernanke doing. they will decide and crank up the prenting press and pushut out more money. >> brian: will they do it? >> yes, odds are very strongly that the economy is so weak they will do that. >> gretchen: he will not print more money because was a political decision because mitt romney said he would fire him if he was president. and by printing money you help president obama. >> ben bernanke wants to
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stimulate the and he will in all likelihood print money. will it work? it will not. he printed a storm. it will be qu3, that's right. it hasn't worked in the past and odds are it will not work in the future. and certainly not revive the economy by the time of the reelection. and push more money toward wall street and you watch this morning wall street will go straight up and get a big rally because ben is going to print money and that will end up in your stock market account. or somebody's account. >> gretchen: that is for political purposes. >> they will. >> gretchen: we'll check you out 9:20. >> that's right>> gretchen: have a great day. >> brian: straight ahead. >> allyson: a mom busting a
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>> gretchen: 24 minutes after the hour. the state of wisconsin in play for president obama. starting tomorrow rolling out campaign ads in paul ryan's home state. four years ago president obama won by 14 months and after months of speculation and hype. apple set to unveil the iphone 5. we'll give you anique peek coming up on this show.
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>> steve: thank you, gretch. see that spider right there, it is extremely rare and on the verge of going extinct. in order to save a species. the federal government is putting a 15 million taxpayer construction project on hold. john is here to explain. >> good morning. 92 so in your neck of the woods they were building an underpass and someone was digging and 200 guys working on building the underpass and after a big rain saw the spider and they had an expert look down there and bracken bat cave mesh weaver that was put on the endangered list in 2000. and because it is endangered they stopped the project, what do you think about this? >> a spider the size of the
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dime can haven't seen in 30 years. it has put so many people out of work and delay of 15 million dollar project is ridiculous. >> steve: you told one of our producers yesterday. it was up to you. you would have stepped on it. >> i would have stepped on it. and ople would be work it is a big difference. this project is causing more traffic in my area and got to protect my kids when people are driving down the road too fast and i would like it over. >> steve: if it is on the endangered species list. you would hate to see it go extinct? >> i feel that same way but the rest of the story was they captured that spide yer took it to a lab and dissected it. why protect the hole? let's fill it in and complete the job. >> steve: you would think that
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in 2012 you there would be a way that naturalist if someone was living right there get it and move it where it could flourish. for all we know it was one and they killed it to find out what it was. >> that's correct. let's get on with the work and get people back to work. >> steve: there are 200 guys who are not working because of that spide yer this is what the department of transportation in texas. engineers and project developers are addressing two problems. improving safety and decreasing congestion and protecting the natural habitat of the pieder. it seems like they are more concerned with protecting the spider. >> i think that, too. the guy who saw it first
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should have stepped on and it would be settled. san antonio is sitting on a lot of lime stone and caves and tunnels and stuff through the town. probably all over. >> steve: they could be. john melon telling the story about the spider. have a great day. >> thank you. >> steve: what would you do? would you step on it or try to preserve it forever. e-mail us. we are following a fox news alert. u.s. ambassador to libya dead alongg with four others over a protest over a u.s. made film. what should the reaction be? then before you take your vitamins this morning. there is one that doesn't do what it promises . we'll tell you about that and first happy birthday jennifer hudson, 31. ♪ ♪ just because it is big it
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killed in a rocket attack. another american staff member was killed in a fire set by the protestors. right now the state department is only confirm thag victim. >> brian: in embassy protestors scaling the wall and trying to rip the american flag and they raised a black islamic flag and awn as al-qaida. >> steve: after that the american embassy apologized and the white house walked that back. what should that be. it is the president's abandonment of u.s. allies and special deputy assistant to president nixon and he joins us from the city of anges. good morning. >> good to see you. >> steve: good to have you on a morning with so much breaking international news. what do you make of the united
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states response after people go crazy regarding a dumb film that was clearly antimuslim and mohammed. >> the response was unforgivable. to in any way talk about our beliefs that our close to those who are condemning the film. good lord, we should be demanding an apology. that is too simple of a word. we should condemn what was gone in ei didn't want and ben ghazi to hear that the ambassor was kill in ben ghazi. these are all acts of war. a u.s. embassy should be safe as your living room. if you are overseaing - overseas and you go to a embassy and you are in the foreign country and by all
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international laww those are acts of war. and we have to stop calling these man caused disasters and work place violence and then when something like this happens, don't condemn the acts of those people who are perpetrating such violence on your property and our people. >> gretchen: what should president obama do today. >> for god sakes stay home and be commander-in-chief. >> gretchen: should he come out and give a statement. >> certainlyy, a statement should have been given yesterday to denounce the statement that was begin from the u.s. embassy in cairo and denounce that and say we condemn what protestors did. they started a fire. they took down the flag of the united states. and put an islamic flag. we are at war and we better say who we are at war against and stop using the funny words
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. we are against radical islamic terrorist and say it. >> brian: it is an act of war by a country we just forgave billions in egypt and in libya pioneered their freedom and expulsion and death of theirr dictator you but in the big picture, it is a nuance. it is not the government attacking our embassy, it is the people attacking our embassy, correct. >> chutely and that's what we say. it can be direct. we are in war against islamist, radical islamicist terrorist. make up other phrases but nothing that is been used by this administration will use the word islamicist they will not use it . that has to stop. and then when we do go into
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combat. one of the things that the president did. he gets into office and soon as he's in office gives a time line. we'll be out of iraq by a date and out of afghanistan by a date. may i just say this. when you are a recruit in the u.s. armed forces, the first thing you are told on the first day of basic training, the only thing you ever tell the enemy name, rank and serial number . now a commander-in-chief who tells the enemy when we are leaving. >> steve: before we go we heard the president of the united states discrediting mitt romney on many topics and saying mitt romney heads no experience . yet you look at the history of the guy who was president of the united states he didn't have foreign policy experience before he became president. >> he had zero. i trust a man with great and i
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believe george romney has them and look at what we are doing. not only abandoning but insulting allies of the united states . we are running short of alies . how king abdulla feels. does he thinks we will come to his defense after mubarack and ben ali and not a chance. he knows he's in trouble because he doesn't have a friend. >> brian: obama's abandonment of u.s. allies around the globe, thank you for joining us today. >> thank you. >> brian: we have a report that obama copy edited bill clinton's speech. he said the president offered few key edits to medicare and
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clinton made them. >> steve: taking fish oil pills may not keep you from having heart attack. brand new study finds that taking the pim it is doesn't have a significant affect on preventing stroke, heart attack or death. no one knows why omega 3fatty acids are good. they may lower triglycerite levels. >> gretchen: drivers didn't feel like waiting. and decided a sidewalk detour was a better option. she did that. and the bus driver caught her and including the part of her being busted. she was fined for not stopping. >> brian: you ever wonder what you do? when you are not asleepp. >> what are you doing now?
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♪ note this is a special code. >> is it. >> nick caught his mom geting her groove on and posted it on line. >> gretchen: he's in so much trouble. >> check out her reaction. >> my mom is sleep walking. >> what are you doing, >> come on, nick. come on, this is not right. >> brian: the video has three million hits. >> allyson: does she do it every night what else and she do in the sleep. >> brian: can she do anything but the hustle. >> steve: electric slide right up to bed. >> brian: no, music, right. >> steve: you can dance to this not raining men but raining, rain in the portions
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of the plains it is dry in the eastern third of the united states and southern half. we do have rain brewing out in west man, do they need it. current temperatures on september 12th. it is 54 in cleveland and 50s in the ohio really and 70s from the midplainn states down through texas . it will warm up to the nines and aches in the big town of new york city . 90 where we were. and it is a beautiful 57 seasonal degrees in denver, colorado. >> gretchen: coming up on "fox and friends". moms arrested for buying the wrong kind of milk. and farmers sent to the slammer. senator ralm paul is fightings next.
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>> brian: quick headlines. kerry kennedy hiring two new lawyers to help fight the drunk driving charge. they claim it was a seizure. but they found a small amount of ambian . police say this murder and robbery suspect troyed to escape from his car with a rifle and shot by officers and taken to the hospital. no word on his condition. fortunately no one else was injured. gretch. >> gretchen: thank you, brian. from farmers being arrestted for moving dirt on their own
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land and a guitar arrested for making it from the wrongg new wood. every day americans are harass abused and imprisoned by the feds. now senator rand paul. >> good morning, gretch gretchh. >> gretchen: i know you said you would never believe you would find so much waste and reggulation on the average citizen, right. >> you can see a amish farmer from pennsylvania arrested in daylight and put in hand culfs and his milk taken fromm him you wonder if the federal government not have something better to do with its time. >> gretchen: you don't like the tsa. >> i had my problems with the tsa and so did every frequent traveler. we ought to have dignity when we travel and the supreme
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court said we have a right to travel. but we are not safer when agents are putting their hand in the the pants of six year old girl. and taking diapers off eldarely patients and took a colossstomy bag off somebody. and we need to ask people questions and most americans all to go through the security line much easier. >> gretchen: the epa. >> putting people in jail for putting clean dirt on a wet land. we took regulations that are well intentioned and clean water act said you can't discharge polut ans in the waters of america. you shouldn't put chemicals in the ohio river. but then dirt is a poluntant and your back yard is a river? people are in jail. there is a woman in jail for
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eight years for putting dirt on her land and her dad is still in dead. >> gretchen: theers the human stories in your book. so many people vote on social issues. what should the voters be focused on? when we look at the economy. they say important to them. 91 percent. unemployment extremelyy very important to them 83 percent. social issues. 40 percent x. so it is still pretty high. do you believe that there is aconnect. they should realize they are state issues and not on the federal level. >> as i go around kentucky and people are worried about a job and worried about providing for their family. we have 20 million and maybe more than 20 million people out of the work and people wondering what is the president doing to make the economy better and in
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kentucky, we feel like he declared the war on the whole state because he is trying to bankrupt the coal industry. it is all economy and jobs and enormous debt we are passing on to our kids. that's the issues that motivate the voters in my state. >> gretchen: less than 60 days and counting. good luck with your book. senator rand paul, thank you for your time. >> thank you, gretchen. >> gretchen: a former susan kolman executive is breaking her silence saying that a group hurt her career. >> and standing up for the seniors, why the golden years are not so shiny. ♪ i'm sexy and i know it. ♪ ♪
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>> gretchen: good morning, everyone. today is wednesday, september 12, 2012. i'm gretchen carlson. thanks for sharing your time with us today. a fox news alert. u.s. ambassador to libya reportedly dead this morning, along with four others after a series of strikes against u.s. embassies. a live report moments away. >> brian: was it a scheduling problem or did president obama actually snub one of our nation's biggest and best allies? why the white house says it won't meet with benjamin netanyahu. give you the details in a moment. >> steve: plus, bullied by planned parenthood, a form executive add susan g. komen breaking her silence. why she says the group's liberal
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agenda cost geraldo rivera career. "fox & friends" hour two for wednesday starts right now. >> gretchen: we begin with a fox news alert. reports emerging that the u.s. ambassador to libya and three other staff members have been killed after being targeted by gunmen firing rockets. fox news senior foreign affairs correspondent greg palkot live with the very latest. what can you tell us this morning? >> these reports are coming in minute by minute. it is still unconfirmed, but the associated press and reuters is quoting several libyan security officials saying that the u.s. ambassador to libya, as well as three other american staffers, were killed overnight in benghazi at the u.s. consulate
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there. we've been in touch with the state department, again, they are not coming forthwith a confirmation yet. they do tell us there is one american not identified who has been killed after an attack by islamists. they were protesting an independent film made in the united states said to be critical of the muslim prophet, mohammed, and gotten some play on the super net in the arab world. that is rousing up feelings. according to reports, again, unconfirmed reports, the u.s. ambassador was killed when he and others were trying to get other staffers out of the consulate in benghazi, libya, which was under attack, which have, in fact, burning down. a rocket propelled grenade flying around the car that they were in as they were trying to get in in that very dramatic scene. folks, this followed yet another assault on the u.s. embassy in cairo, egypt yesterday. again, protesters there very angry about this very same film. they scaled the walls.
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they tore down and burned the u.s. flag there. they displayed a black flag with arabic writing. no injuries reported there yesterday. we have been in contact with u.s. staffers at the american embassy in cairo today. they say they are no problem. they say they're getting on with work, but again, some dramatic information which we're waitinger for complete confirmation on that a u.s. ambassador, the u.s. ambassador to libya, as well as three other americans killed in a dramatic scene at the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya overnight. >> gretchen: thanks very much. >> brian: quick question for you, whose responsibility is the security when you have an embass cree in another nation? >> first of all, brian, the first line of defense are some very strong and well armed marines that are always based and other u.s. military officials always based at the u.s. but at the end of the day, the responsibility of security for not just the u.s. embassy, but
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all embassies and consulates in any country is the host nation. both egypt and libya have said that they are concerned, upset about the incident and say they're stepping up. but at the end of the day, it was their job to keep it safe. >> gretchen: greg palkot, thank you very much. christopher stevens is the ambassador, 52, career diplomat who spoke arabic and french. served two tours in libya, including running the offices in benghazi during the revolt against gadhafi. he was confirmed by the senate earlier this year, if, in fact, those reports are true. christopher steven, 52 years old. the report is that he has been killed. >> steve: that's been confirmed by the associated press and reuters. keep in mind, all of this bloodshed is over a dumb movie. a dumb movie that the protesters haven't even seen all of it. they've seen a 15-minute clip. yesterday after they scaled the walls in one of the countries, the whole crowd, i believe it was in cairo, started saying, we
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are all osama bin laden. we are all osama bin laden. >> gretchen: great. >> steve: the man who worked in the administrations of richard nixon and ronald reagan takes a look at -- he joined us an hour ago and looks at what's happening there and he says very clearly, we are at war. this is an act of war. listen. >> these are all acts of war. a u.s. embassy should be as safe as your living room. if you're overseas and you go to an embassy of a foreign country, you are in that foreign country and by all international law, those are acts of war. for god's sakes, stay home and be commander in chief. >> gretchen: that was bruce who used to work under the nixon administration. this morning the white house now disavowing this statement by our own embassy in cairo. there is uprisings in egypt which we've been showing you
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video of. here is the original statement that came u. they condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of preliminaries as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions. so you see in the statement, there was nothing about the attacks that were going on or that they should stop or that the united states stands behind its diplomats in these countries. then the, who the administration retracts that original statement and said the statement by embassy cairo was not cleared by washington and does not reflect the views of the united states government. so which one is it? that's the latest. >> brian: it's chaos. you hear the president of the united states, secretary of state, there should be no doubt about it. you got it condemn these act, demand the country provide safety to our people. their country should be coming out regrets and sadness about the killing. where is that? we're in a parallel nation? >> steve: keep in mind, our
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embassies are being attacked in libya and in cairo as well. there was one other embarrassing thin that the u.s. embassy sent out as part of that apology. they said the -- the initial one before they retracted it. they said we officially inject these actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others. we're against free speech? we get what's going on there. but still, this had to be taken down and they tweeted, we consistently stand up for preliminaries around the world and talk about how islam is a wonderful religion. where is the reaction from the administration? where is the president of the united states on this? >> gretchen: if the u.s. ambassador to libya has been killed along with four others there, is going to be some sort of a statement if not a press conference coming from president obama today, or at least there should be. in the meantime, there is a whole nother brouhaha happening between the united states and israel. very interesting timing here. benjamin netanyahu apparently coming to the united states next
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week. yesterday while he was still in israel, he made these comments. those in the international community who refused to put red lines before iran don't have a moral right to place a red light before israel. who is the speaking to? was he speaking to the president of the united states because at the same time, reports started coming out yesterday afternoon that president obama was too busy to meet with netanyahu. at the same time he's going to go on david letterman and be on campaign stops, but he couldn't find time to meet with netanyahu. >> brian: the white house is saying there was never a request. there is a request. israeli newspaper confirmed that the white house declined a request to meet face-to-face with netanyahu even though the prime minister said, guy to washington and meet you. i imagine he probably would have went to ohio because the president had a stop there. but i think it's important to note to back up your statement, that's when secretary of state hillary clinton said there are no red lines and then comes back with benjamin netanyahu saying how can you not have red lines? we're in the line of fire. >> steve: absolutely. and the israelis are worried that the iranians will brew up that bad atomic stuff before you
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know it examine blow them up. let's dial in dick morris. he's joining us this morning from denver, i believe. dick, last week we heard that in the platform they had taken jerusalem and god out of the platform before they put it back in. now it looks like the white house had a chance to meet with benjamin netanyahu, although they disagree with the chronology and everything else. they say scheduling problem, not going to work out. how is this going to impact jewish voters, if at all? >> well, first of all, i think the whole development of the last 24 hours are really calling into question obama's foreign policy credentials and his supposed advantage in that field. don't forget that this libya attack comes at a country with the united states basically underwrote their whole revolution, put our own people at risk, flying strikes in the
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no-fly zone. this is a uprising the u.s. backed and supported. so this is a tremendous, tremendous reversal and a black eye for obama and his foreign policy. on the netanyahu front, it was incredible that hillary clinton said yesterday, there are no bright lines, which basically tells the iranians, do of what the heck you want. and for the united states -- netanyahu in effect told the u.s., look, i will not attack iran if you say to iran that if you go over this line, we're going to attack you, the u.s. will attack you. and the lines could be things like not enriching beyond a certain level or not getting above a certain amount of fissionable material. but the secretary of state of the united states deliberately said there are no red lines. it's like telling a kid there is no bedtime. there are no rules. i think that that, on top of the
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refusal to meet with netanyahu not only will hurt the president with jewish voters, i think it will hurt him in florida and ohio and pennsylvania and new jersey. >> gretchen: we don't even know how this story will unfold. this could go on into be a huge big teal and i think foreign affairs became a big thing. we got to wrap it up. you're going to stick with us and talk about the chicago's teacher strike after the break. the other stories this morning, more than 350,000 students in chicago will go another day without being inside the classroom. teachers on strike for a third day now. teachers union and school boards can't seem to agree on new evaluations, recall rights for laid off teachers. while they try to hammer out a deal, parents are left scrambling. >> i told them i couldn't make it in today because i didn't have child care. so i could not do my job 'cause i had nowhere to send my child.
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>> gretchen: chicago teachers are the highest paid in the country. $76,000 a year. the average family in chicago earns $47,000, just 15% of fourth grade railroads proficient in read not guilty chicago. less than 60 days before the election. the obama administration approving work permits for the first group of young illegal immigrants looking to avoid deportation and get those work permits. it comes months ahead of schedule. so far about 72,000 illegal immigrants applied. the policy is expected to cost the government up to $585 million over the first two years alone. critics say it's a ploy by president obama to try to woo the hispanic voters. federal reserve chair ben bernanke poised to roll out another stimulus program? he's gathering today with a central bank colleague for a two-day session fresh off last week's disappointing jobs report. the feds hope this will stimulate the economy and create jobs. we're talking about printing more dough. and speculation growing that kate kate middleton and prince
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william may be expecting. this after she reportedly turned down wine at a state banquet. she made not one, but two toasts to the queen with water. she also showed what may be a hint of a baby bump in her dress. she is so slight that, would be tough to see. those are your headlines. >> steve: all right. meanwhile straight ahead, he broke the watergate scandal. now bob woodward is revealing how bad the budget talks at the white house really were. >> it was the kind of crisis that took the country's economy to the cliff. president obama, when i interviewed him for the book, said they were days away from having $5 billion in the u.s. treasury. >> steve: that would last about 15 minutes. more from bob woodward later on this hour. >> brian: heavily quoted by the romney campaign. no puppy love here. one city wants to ban dogs because they're bad for business. really? i mean, really
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>> gretchen: 17 minutes after the top of the hour. 350,000 students won't learn a thing today as the chicago teachers union rolls into its third day of strike with educators and city officials nowhere near a compromise. the battle pitting the powerful teachers union up against chicago democrat's mayor rahm emanuel. so what political implications will this have president and his reelection chances? >> steve: we continue the conversation with dick morris, former advisor to president bill clinton. all right. so dick, the president of the united states, this is his hometown. you would think he would address it. but for him, it's a nonstarter 'cause he would have to go up against the teachers union whose support he is counting on just a couple of months from right now.
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>> this kind of calls on obama to choose between his donors on the one hand and his voters on the other. his people who work in the field operation and the people whose votes he wants. the teachers union is essential in funding the democratic party and in providing the campaign workers they need. and to have this clash 60 days before the election is a real problem for obama. but the problem goes deeper because here you have the situation where his hometown of chicago is literally almost up in flames over this. and the country he spent more time on than any other except for afghanistan, libya, is literally up in flames. and he's out campaigning and trying to raise money. it really sends a message of weakness that i think is incredible. >> brian: it could be an opportunity for him to show real leadership and have his own
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moment. let's listen to what the teachers are asking for. 13 years of experience, this make about $71,000. among the highest paid in the country. only 3% of health care costs. what they're fighting about is they don't want to be evaluated. the average family earns 47,000. the unemployment is 10.5% and these guys are on strike. 18% of fourth graders are proficient in reading, so their results stink. 20% of eighth graders are proficient in math. >> gretchen: bad. >> brian: this is an opportunity for leadership, i believe, cast the union aside. >> we're watching the suicide of the teachers union. they were hurt when they went up against scott walker in wisconsin and failed to recall him. this is absolute suicide because they're striking over issues where people overwhelmingly oppose them. people want tenure reforms so they can get rid of bad teachers. they want paid based on student performance, not on seniority. they don't want automatic salary
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bumps just 'cause you're there. and these are precisely the reforms emmanuel is pushing and the teachers union is opposing. now, when they strike over money, people think teachers need to be paid more. when they strike over these work rules, it's a negative. teachers striking is a gigantic negative. >> gretchen: you know who i feel sorry for? >> this is against the democratic mayor. this is not up against some republican that isn't spending money on education. this may be the end of the teachers unions. >> gretchen: i feel bad for the good teachers out there and the kids, but feel bad fort good teachers out there who wouldn't mind if they were evaluated 'cause they know they're good teachers. we got to wrap it up there, dick. so much to talk about. >> the important thing to realize is a third of all new teachers quit after five years, the fifth quit after two years 'cause they're so fed up with the system. this is an effort to reward them for being good teachers and the union won't let it happen. >> gretchen: thanks for your time this morning. >> brian: opportunity for rahm emanuel to show some leadership.
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>> steve: time for news by the numbers on this wednesday. first, 11,327. that's how many new pages of federal regulations have been added under president obama. estimated annual cost? $1.7 trillion for the regulations. next, $575 million. that's how much the president, mitt romney, and supporting groups spent so far on political ads in campaign 2012 in 12 swing states. more than half the money spent in florida, ohio, and virginia. finally, more than $700,000.
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that's how much money a canadian guy raised for this 68-year-old bus monitor who got national attention after being bullied by her own students last june. remember her? she was live on our show. she got more than $700,000. gretch? >> gretchen: thank you, steve. it was a decision that sparked major backlash from pro choice activists and other women's groups. susan g. komen foundation cut grants to planned parenthood, but then quickly reversed that move. our next guest had a front row seat to the controversy during her ten months as a top komen executive. joining me is the author of "planned bullihood," karen handle. we remember this fire storm of a story that happened last year. you were in a top position there and susan g. komen decided not to fund planned parenthood anymore and then reversed. why? >> well, first of all, komen had been under pressure about the planned parenthood grants for at least a decade, long before i
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came on board. so this wasn't about politics. it wasn't about anything other than what was in the best interest of women. komen wanted to realign those dollars to do more for women and deliver more mammograms because planned parenthood does not do mammograms. >> gretchen: that's the misunderstanding here. it was a $700,000 grant in a billion dollars of money that planned parenthood received. but the messaging that was going out there was that women were not going to get health care for breast cancer anymore. that wasn't really true, was it? >> absolutely not. komen intend to do realign those dollars into more impactful programs to be able to do more for women. yet planned parenthood and the left unleashed a vicious mafia style attack on komen all for $700,000 when planned parenthood's budget is $1 billion. this is not about the grant. it was about politics and legitimacy. >> gretchen: really in this book you talk about your beliefs of planned parenthood being a partisan organization. in what way? >> if you look at their budget.
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what you'll find this is an organization that gets $1.5 million a day of our tax dollars and yet, they are out aggressively campaigning for liberal policies. the head of the organization was a headliner at the democratic national convention. they will launch up to $10 million in campaign ads for barak obama. she even got a special phone call from president obama on sunday thanking her for all of their help. >> gretchen: you believe that in this election year, your book and your message is very important for the voter to know about. why? >> i do. we are still suffering from poor economic times. we have record deficits and yet, this is an organization that is sustained, planned parenthood is sustained by almost 50% of its budget coming from our tax dollars. and on top of that, they think it's okay to bully private organizations into doing what they want them to do. it's a little bit like the mafia. once you're in, you can never
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leave. >> gretchen: but you did leave. >> i did. >> gretchen: must have been a difficult personal choice or was it? >> i wouldn't say it was that difficult. when komen capitulated, i knew i wouldn't be able to stay there. it was in my own best interest, but also in the best interest of komen and for the fight against breast cancer so that komen could move forward. >> gretchen: you are the author of the book "planned bullihood," the former vp of soup g. komen. thank you for your time. >> thank you. >> gretchen: coming up, wwe event gets way too real. did you see this? >> this is not part of tonight's entertainment. this is a real life situation. my broadcast colleague, jerry the king lawler, earlier on tonight, collapsed. >> gretchen: that man who was by jerry lawler's side when he collapsed is here live with us next. then he broke the watergate scandal. now bob woodward revealing how close the u.s. was to collapsing financially, five days away from
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>> brian: fox news alert. president obama weighing in, confirming moments ago chris steven, u.s. ambassador to libya is dead after being targeted by rocket firing gunmen. three other americans also confirmed dead.
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president obama strongly condemning the attacks saying, quote, chris was a courageous and exemplary representative of the united states. throughout the libyan revolution, he served our country and the libyan people at our mission. key word, libyan people. gadhafi would still be in power if it wasn't for guys like him. >> steve: absolutely. and that is his vehicle that he and some others were killed at. apparently he was trying to move from the libyan embassy to a safer place before he was hit there in benghazi by a rocket. >> brian: what is our military response going to be? this is going to be a huge day to see what the white house is actual will he going to do about this. >> gretchen: and the state department, and how this affects foreign policy moving to the forefront of the p presidential election, if at all. we're less than 60 days away now from an election where foreign policy has been in the back burner and now we've got an ambassador to the united states killed. what will the united states
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reaction be? last time, according to my notes that a u.s. ambassador was killed was 1979. now here we are in 2012. >> steve: sure. >> gretchen: chris stevens has been killed. >> steve: plus remember, there are people in egypt and libya storming our embassy, climbing over the walls, ripping our flags apart. something's going to be done. we had a guest earlier who said it's an act of war. >> brian: and we keep writing them checks. there is much more to this statement examine talks about the security and how they're going to redouble it now. 26 minutes before the top of the hour. there is one thing that's been happening when mitt romney examine paul ryan. they've been quoting the book by bob woodward because they think it reveals the chaos within the administration and lack of planning for major events over the last 3 1/2 years. last night bob woodward made his initial appearance on fox news. >> gretchen: it's called "price of politics. here is what bob had to say about the impending doom of the
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united states of america running out of money. >> the kind of crisis that took the country's economy to the cliff, president obama, when i interviewed him for the book, said they were days away from having $5 billion in the u.s. treasury. that's it. now, that's half a day's federal spending. this was last year and they fixed it by postponing everything. no cut, no tax increases, no sensible alignment of the federal budget. so we are going to, in december or january, be back in the same mess and the federal government is going to be in the position where there is no congressional authorization to bills. >> steve: the message of the woodward book really is that there is nobody really running washington, d.c also tells the story of how at one point, the congressional members were so frustrated that
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the president wasn't helping out that i think harry reid's chief of staff essentially took the president aside and lectured him. what do you mean there is no plan b? what do you mean the united states government doesn't have a back up plan? also it's revealed that at one point, nancy pelosi had the president on the speaker phone, put him on mute. and at one point when they were talk being coming up with something, i understand harry reid and also john boehner essentially asked the president to leave his own building, leave the white house room they were in so they could get something done. crazy. >> gretchen: that's bob woodward's account in his new book "price of politics." folks who tuned in to watch monday night wrestling match got an on air scare. in the middle of a live broadcast, jerry lawler suffered a heart attack and collapsed to the floor. he was rushed to the hospital and michael cole, his broadcast partner h this reaction.
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>> this is not part of tonight's entertainment. this is a real life situation. my broadcast colleague, jerry the king lawyer letter, earlier on tonight, collapsed. >> steve: joining us now live on this wednesday is jerry's partner, michael cole. good morning to you. >> good morning. >> steve: how is he doing? >> he's stable. in a cardiac icu unit in montreal as we speak. vital signs are getting better. he has a breathing tube, which they're hoping to at some point today remove. it's basically being used to help his body cope with the trauma that he's been through the past 36 hours. but fingers are crossed and we're encouraged and prayers for millions examine millions of fans around the world for this man who has become just a pop culture icon. >> brian: let me ask you, i heard his heart and it stopped beating, had to be revived, correct? >> i'm not quite sure 'cause i have ring side. we were live on monday night and i was looking at my monitor, jerry was looking at his and all
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of a sudden i heard snoring on the air. for a split moment, i thought it was part of the entertainment. i thought that -- >> steve: he was out. >> he was out like sleeping. and then i looked over and i realized that his head was on the table, his arms started to shake and i knew that there was an issue. i don't know if it was my news background, but instinctively i jumped up and hit my mute switch 'cause i didn't want people at home to see what was happening. i started screaming for our doctor. dr. samson who was at ring side, he's there for all of the events. one of our production people at ring side, and they were immediately with jerry, brought him to the floor, security jumped over the barricades. about a half dozen men carry him to the side of the arena. put him on a stretcher and they got him to the back and thank god for dr. samson and the montreal emt's. >> steve: he wasn't just comments tating. he was actually wrestling. >> yeah. he had had a match probably 20 minutes before that. >> steve: how old is he? >> 62. >> steve: is he too old to be
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doing that? >> no, i don't think so. he passed all the physical exams that were needed to participate, number one. number two, jerry lawler, he's been doing this 42 years. he loves it. he's like a kid. it's all he's ever wanted to do. more importantly than that, he wrestles 100 to 150 times a year. not just for us, but for independent organizations around the world. he wants to do this. he's in the shape to do this. he wouldn't northbound this business if he -- he wouldn't be in this business if he didn't love it. >> gretchen: how much of the show did you have to do after this happened? >> an hour. we completed the match that i just continued calling it when jerry collapsed and went to commercial break and made the decision during the break that out of respect for jerry, that we weren't going to do commentary anymore. so the show went on. the match continued. it was silent. then i would give an update at the bottom of every segment
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before commercials to what we knew about jerry. it didn't look good for a while. then the last thing we heard was that he was starting to respond to light and his heart was beating on its own right before we went off the air monday. >> gretchen: wow. >> steve: michael cole from wwe, thank you very much for that. >> thank you. >> brian: all right. 20 minutes before the top of the hour. we're following the developing story out of libya. this is tenuous. our u.s. ambassador has been killed and our embassies in libya and egypt are under attack. a live report is next. >> gretchen: the president claims republicans' plans with end medicare as we know it. but he's tinkering around with a medicare program of his own. so what is it and what does it mean for our seniors (bell rings) hi. good morning. big news.
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>> gretchen: more on our top story.
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moments ago, president obama confirming the u.s. ambassador to libya, christopher stevens, among four americans killed in a rocket attack in libya. you're looking at the aftermath. joining us now, greg palkot. this is what we were all hoping would not be true, greg. but it has been confirmed. the ambassador has been killed in libya. >> yeah. the ambassador, as well as three other american staffers confirmed, as you say, in the last couple of minutes by the president of the united states. announcing chris stevens is dead and three other americans. they were killed at the u.s. consulate in the eastern side of libya. that is benghazi. stevens he was a career diplomat. he served several stints in libya. looking at his resume, he's been active throughout the middle east, serving the united states, bravely and courageously as the president has noted. this followed an attack on the consulate overnight by islamists protesting an independent film made in the u.s. ridiculing the
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muslim prophet, mohammed. that has gotten a lot of play on the internet in the last couple of days in that region and that's what stirred things up. according to reports, the u.s. ambassador was killed while he and others were trying to get other staffers out of that consulate. it was on fire, set on fire by protesters. apparently his car examine the grounds of the consulate were hit by grenades and other bombs by the attackers. apparently there was not too much resistance also from any libyan security. this followed another assault on the u.s. embassy in cairo, egypt yesterday. again, the same thing stirring up the crowds, that film, which is getting play on the internet. protesters scaling the wall there of the embassy, pulling down the u.s. flag and displaying a black flag with arabic writing on it. no injuries reported there. we have been in contact with the u.s. embassy in cairo. today they say that they're
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trying to get on with their work and the security has been beefed up. again, now repeating the confirmation we got from the white house that the ambassador to libya from the united states, chris stevens, is dead, as well as three other americans killed overnight in a very dramatic, very horrific incident occurring at the u.s. consulate in benghazi in eastern libya. back to you. >> gretchen: very fluid story. we'll keep our eyes on it. thanks very much. go over to steve. >> steve: thanks. president obama on the campaign trail in florida over the weekend attacking mitt romney and paul ryan's medicare plans. listen. >> their plan for medicare would bankrupt medicare. our plan strengthens medicare. no american should have to spend their golden years at the mercy of insurance companies. >> steve: while the president is on the road telling seniors that the gop ticket would end medicare, back in washington, his own administration is
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experimenting with a pilot program of medicare. joining us with details are peter johnson, jr. >> good morning, steve. this is where rhetoric and reality clash and the president is on the wrong side of the clash. what he said there doesn't match the reality of the program. what the federal government plans to do is take at least 2 million of 7 million due eligible americans, americans that can qualify for medicaid or medicare, and put them into an hmo program without their choice. they will be taken and put into the program. they've already accepted a program in massachusetts, 17 or 18 other states are going to follow suit, and they're going to say, you will go into this almost voucher program. it's not quite a voucher program, but pretty close. now, you may opt out after a time period, but we know from the statistics that about half of those people are cognitively impaired, meaning they have some mental issues in terms of stroke
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or cerebral issues that would make it difficult for them to do so. so on one hand the president is saying, oh, let's not be at the mercy of those insurance companies, but in 18 states, the federal government, through kathleen sebelius, through the medicare and medicaid people, will say we're going to put the insurance companies in charge of your care. maybe you can opt out if you have the mental ability to do so. to say one thing and do north texas the ryan-romney plan says listen, on medicare, ten, 15 years down the line, let's have a choice. you have traditional medicare or you can have almost a voucher plan where you pick your own. but here they're saying to millions of american, we're going to pick it for you. it's our choice. center rockefeller, democrat, who wrote the pilot plan, nursing homes, other groups, patient groups, are speaking out about it. we're not hearing about it. we're hearing about it here. >> steve: no kidding. the extraordinary thing is under mitt romney and paul ryan's plan, is if you are 55 or older,
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absolutely nothing changes. however, with the president's own administration, they're forcing some people, presumably over 55, into this program and they've got no choice! >> they're saying, if you're the poorest, we're going to put you in this pilot program. you will be the guinea pigs and let's see how this works with millions of americans. >> steve: rhetoric not meeting reality. >> clash is big. >> steve: thank you for bringing this to our attention. straight ahead, obsessed with harry port, what about other movies like twilight? is that totally normal or totally nuts? dr. keith ablow has the diagnosis coming up. [ mother ] you can't leave the table till you finish your vegetables. [ clock ticking ] [ male announcer ] there's a better way... v8 v-fusion. vegetable nutrition they need, fruit taste they love. could've had a v8...
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>> gretchen: update to a fox news alert. secretary of state hillary clinton now condemning the
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attack on united states interests in the middle east and the death of the u.s. ambassador to libya, christopher stevens. in a statement released moments ago, secretary clinton wrote this: he risked his own life to lend the libyan people a helping hand to build a foundation for a new free nation. he spent every day since helping to finish the work he started. chris was committed to advancing america's values and interests, even when that meant putting himself in danger. president obama has ordered increased support and protection for all u.s. interests overseas. all of this outrage apparently sparked by a movie and how it portrayed the muslim prophet, mom. keep -- mohammed. keep it tuned here. fluid story throughout the day. guys? >> brian: before we do our traditional questions, dr. keith ablow is here. you just heard the story and we see people go crazy over 14 minute trailer and kill other people.
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islamic extremists, so to speak. ishological profile for that behavior? >> listen, here is the thing, i think at some point you have to be willing to say what is worship? what is faith? and what is psychiatric disorder? to act in that fashion with murderous rage because of a 17-minute film, which is about free speech, something we value in this country and have stood for and have died for, isn't about practicing a religion. it's about not being well. if we have to define our enemies as not well, psychiatrically disordered, that confers a whole other level of risk in terms of what we're dealing with. we're not people, therefore you can reason with because they are, by definition then, focused on a fixed and false belief system when applied in this fashion, that people should die because they've been criticized. >> brian: not fearful of consequences to their actions. >> no, because guess what?
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if you're not in your right mind, you can't weigh risks and benefits, nor can you weigh the right and feelings of other people. real insanity deprives people of their empathy for others. if these people are insane, you can't count on them to not blow themselves up, to not blow up your buildings, and to not do other disasterous acts meant to destabilize everything we consider sane and civilized. >> steve: so for the people looking in and they see, well, they're really upset that their prophet, mohammed, was poked fun at? >> they're not really upset. they're really not well. we may be facing an enemy that is literally out of its mind and, therefore, able to do things -- we talk about the deterrent of nuclear fear. >> steve: sure -- >> but a party like this can launch a nuclear attack without consequence of what could come next because all their after is
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destruction. >> steve: right. muslims find offensetive any depiction of mohammed in any fashion at all. even in the comics as we heard a couple of years ago where the danish cartoonist was killed. >> yes. but -- >> steve: this particular film, though, is extraordinary where it depicts mohammed as a sex fiend. >> one may take offense and one may take issue. one may boycott. at the point at which you therefore say, these people must die because of what they have said and the way they've offended me, to me, that constitutes not being sane. we better get our minds clear that if our enemies are not sane, the level of risk and threat is expo centially higher than a sane enemy. it's hitler, not a rational enemy intent on economic gains. >> brian: instead of dealing one on one, this is a group mentality. that's a whole different area, but one on which you still can relate to. >> it's about hate. not real values measured against reality. >> steve: all right.
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dr. keith ablow, thank you very much. changing topics giving the breaking nature. >> brian: we basically cannot understand this. >> we're normal. they're nuts. that's bad. >> steve: we've got a dead ambassador this morning. we'll tell you the story, what happened and where and why next. to manage my cash flow better. [ female announcer ] our wells fargo bankers are here to listen, offer guidance and provide you with options tailored to your business. we've loaned more money to small businesses than any other bank for ten years running. so come talk to us to see how we can help. wells fargo. together we'll go far.
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stevens, as well as three other americans, including an information minister there, his name is sean smith, killed in an assault on that consulate by rioters there. the individual killed, chris stevens, was a career diplomat. he played several stints in libya, as well as other assignments throughout the middle east area. president obama praised him in his statement for his courageous and exemplary service. clinton also said, quote, he was committed to advancing america's values and interests in the regions. this was all involved in an attack on the consulate by islamists. they were protesting a film made in the u.s., critical of the muslim prophet, mohammed, getting a lot of play on the internet. according to reports, the ambassador and other americans were killed when they were trying to get other americans out of that consulate, which was under siege.
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we just heard from libyan officials, they gave a press conference. they say that they are sorry about this. they're trying to track down who was involved in this attack, in this killing. there are reports that one group, a militant group operative in the eastern side of libya with an allegiance, or at least in line with al-qaeda ideology, could be responsible. but we understand that group is also trying to back away from this incident. one more note from the region, this comes after another attack on the u.s. embassy in cairo, egypt, same reason. this film inflaming the feelings of people on the street in these countries. again, protesters scaling the walls in this case of the very strongly defended u.s. embassy complex in cairo, tearing down the u.s. flag, burning it, and
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hoisting their own black flag with arabic writing on it. we've been in touch there, the security has been reinforced. business is continuing to some degree there at that embassy. again, the big focus is on benghazi, on libya. this is a country which has seen great turmoil. the overturning of the regime as we watched firsthand in the past year of moammar gadhafi. united states very much a part of that. now the united states is in the target of at least some elements there on the ground in libya. back to you. >> steve: greg palkot live, thank you very much. >> brian: just talking to ambassador bolton, he just said one thing that's got to happen is that we have to secure all our embassies across the middle east 'cause you know this spreads like wildfire. they have the basically the same mentality and number two, i'm wondering about the -- were we left exposed there in benghazi. can you imagine working in an embassy there, in a country who can't under the factions running the government, what kind of
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security force did we have? were they a skeleton force? >> steve: it sounds like somebody is listening to ambassador bolton because according to the u.s. embassy in algiers, they're warning americans in the country to avoid nonessential travel, saying there are calls for protests after the attacks in libya and egypt. it could move to algiers as well. also i just spotted on cbs news.com, they're reporting that ambassador stevens died of suffocation. he was suffocated. three others killed by gunshot wounds as they were moving in that blown up vehicle right there, as you can see there. >> brian: that makes no sense. >> steve: to go to a safer place. >> brian: we just heard rocket attacks and now suffocation? that's two totally different stories. >> gretchen: yep. that's why the story remains ever changing and it's going to be a big story, folks, because what will this now turn into with regard to foreign policy in this nation? it's taken a back seat to almost every other discussion with an election coming up now less than
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60 days away. will some of that have to do with how the president responds to this crisis because initially, the response was tepid at best and differing. a report came out of the u.s. embassy in cairo that then the white house said really wasn't from them, now here is a statement this morning from the president of the united states. i strongly condemn the outrageous attack on our diplomatic facility in benghazi, which took the lives of four americans, including ambassador chris stevens. this is going to be a huge story now today, a huge story, and i'm wondering how this affects the presidential race moving forward. if suddenly we'll be talking now about who handles foreign policy better. >> brian: guess what? the next president l it's this president or governor romney, has to deal with this deep seated feeling within the state department to apologize for being american! again, we apologize? that was the attitude in the original statement that was sent out and disavowed by the white house. where does that come from?
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>> steve: because before the ambassador was killed, the initial response from the embassy in cairo was to apologize. in fact, one of the things they said was the embassy of the united states in cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of muslims as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions. they also said, we firmly reject the actions of those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious belief of others. so it sounds like we were apologizing to the protesters and that was before the government officially came back and said, we don't know who sent that out. but we don't stand by that nonresponsive two important points about apologizing. remember when president obama went to cairo early on in his administration and gave what many believe to be an apology kinds of a speech. that was an outreach, according to the administration, to the muslim nations that this was going to be a different kind of president. what happened? the polls said that people in
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muslim nations disliked americans more after that speech! now you're seeing that because of a crazy movie put out with clips on youtube that this kinds of uprising can happen in these middle eastern nations. i mean, this is a crisis moving forward right now and one guy that we had on the show earlier who worked in the nixon administration calls it actually an act of war. >> these are all acts of war. a u.s. embassy should be as safe as your living room. if you're overseas and you go to an embassy of a foreign country, you are in that foreign country and by all international law, those are acts of war. for god's sakes, stay home examine be commander in chief. >> brian: right. eisenhower didn't even run for reelection. they don't want me, they're not going to have me. this president has been nonstop for a year and a half. clearly, the outreach of a hand is viewed as weakness.
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and the president of the united states has been convinced that as long as i'm not george bush, people will like me. george bush was the problem, it's not america. i'll be the healer and clearly that has not worked. >> steve: mitt romney did respond after the initial attacks yesterday. this was before the ambassador was killed. he said, it is disgraceful that the obama administration's first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathize with those who waged the attack nonresponsive you got to wonder if changing the terminology, too, from war on terror to all these other words that made no sense that none of us could remember, like until contingencies operation. >> gretchen: i still cannot recall what the actual terminology is. did that do any good? did that change islamic extremism in this world? apparently not. let us know what you think. >> steve: remember, it was libya where we famously were leading from behind. i mean, that was the -- >> brian: writing the checks and
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bombing from above. >> steve: exactly right. how big a priority is foreign policy to this administration. >> brian: it's up to governor romney to say something. this is what i would do, this is how i would handle it because right now, his internal polls show american people don't care about this. they feel burned out and fatigued from ten years of war in iraq and afghanistan and he shouldn't bring it up. i think he has the knowledge and experience examine team around him. he has to show it or forget it. >> gretchen: if the debate were happening today, the debate moderator would be doing a service to the american public to make this the topic of conversation. so i believe foreign policy has come back front and center. chris stevens, he arrived in tripoli in may 2012 as u.s. ambassador to libya. he served twice previously in libya. he served as special representative to the libyan transitional national council from march 2011 to november 2011
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during the libyan revolution. and is the deputy chief of mission from 2007 to 2009. in washington he served as director of the office of multi lateral nuclear and security affairs prior to joining the foreign service in 1991. he was an international trade lawyer in washington, d.c he taught english as a peace corps volunteer in morocco, born and raised in northern california. >> brian: to take that job, he had to be fearless and to go in there during the war and to serve in there after the war, he had to know the risk, but i have never met him, but didn't seem to bother him to the point where he didn't accept the position. >> steve: they were scaling the walls in cairo yesterday and in libya, i just wish they would have done more to tighten the security right then. i know we've got brave marines inside there and they would fight to the death. but still, they should have tightened security yesterday. >> brian: does it seem like yesterday? geraldo was in benghazi and they
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were chanting his name examine hailing our flag? their loyalty to us could be that fragile that one idiot in florida could put out a 14-hip horribly produced trailer and have them kill our ambassador? >> steve: you mow what? ultimately the irony, it all happened on september 11. >> brian: yep. >> gretchen: now the rest of your headlines for wednesday, federal reserve chair ben bernanke is poised to roll out another stimulus program today? he's gathering with his central bank colleagues for a two-day session fresh off last week's disappointing jobs report. the feds hope this will stimulate the economy. they're going to print more money probably. will it create jobs, though? will it do anything? less than 60 days before the election, the obama administration approving work permits for the first group of young illegal immigrants looking to avoid deportation and get those permits. it comes months ahead of schedule. so far 72,000 illegal immigrants have applied. the policy expected to cost the government up to $585 million over the first two years alone. critics say the policy is a ploy by president obama to woo hispanic voters.
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try new purina cat chow healthy weight. >> gretchen: more than 350,000 students in chicago will go another day without being inside the classroom. teachers are on strike for a third day now. steve brown is in chicago with a look at the situation this morning. steve, any signs of a compromise or resolution? >> no. if you're looking for signs, they're in short supply. the school board president said yesterday that before he would be interested in returning to the bargaining table and representatives from the chicago school district, that they would need a response to the comprehensive proposal, or so-called comprehensive proposal, offered yesterday. the teachers union stated that
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they haven't gotten a response to the proposal they made in with regards to teacher evaluation. there does seem to be a stalemate even at the negotiation table. students are still out of school. the school system is going to start opening schools that are open just to watch kids for a flock of hours. they'll stretch that out 'til 2:30 in the afternoon starting on thursday, tomorrow. so it does look like the signs are pointing toward this starting to be a little bit more of an entrenched situation, gretchen. not a lot of progress being reported on either side. >> gretchen: not good news for any of those kids. thanks so much. let's head to brian and the panel. >> brian: christopher seasons, u.s. ambassador to libya is dead. he was among four americans killed in a deadly rocket attack in libya yesterday. joining me now for instant analysis, kind indicated column ist.
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and two other guests. first to you, slow reaction to a tragedy in cairo, as well as benghazi. correct? >> very slow reaction and not a very strong one as we've been able to see so far. this is dangerous. this could get a lot worse. you may remember the controversy over the mohammed cartoons that erupted several years ago. that led to world wide riots in the -- >> brian: hold up that paper. >> very good point by the "new york post." this is just a movie. it's just a stupid movie. you saw 60 people dead -- six people killed over the mohammed cartoon and now we've got this movie here and who knows, it's going to get worse. we got to demand that governments get their people to calm down and say it's a movie not sponsored by the u.s. government. don't attack the u.s. embasie. >> brian: the way we understand it, it hasn't happened since 1979, someone with the audacity to target, let alone kill one of our ambassadors. what is the correct response? >> it's a terrible tragedy and
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as he said, very dangerous situation. but i would differ on the question of a slow reaction. it took about 2 1/2 seconds after this story became public for all kinds of partisan gamesmanship to start going. >> brian: none. they had the 9-11 vow of silence out yesterday. >> that's right. and, in fact, at least one campaign put out a press release during the vow of silence with an embargo telling reporters they shouldn't report on their press release until the appropriate time. >> brian: is that wrong? >> well, what i'm saying, and i think this is something that the american people feel very, very deeply, is that there is all kinds of things going on in the world that are extremely dangerous, very dangerous to us and very dangerous to people all over. >> brian: but you should not put out a statement -- >> jump in two -- >> brian: forget about partson. this is an attack. don't filibuster. tara, weigh in a second.
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the initial response from our state department was to apologize. is that embarrassing? >> the initial response i read from hillary clinton was where she condemned the attacks in libya and i know that the president, when they heard about the protests in cairo, they actually had the staff leave early from the embassy in advance of the protests to protect people. and once the libya situation worsened, more security had been ordered. so i read hillary clinton's statement, it was swift -- >> brian: the state -- >> she said there is no excuse for this violence. >> brian: that came today. the initial statement has been walked back by the white house and disavowed it wasn't approved by them. >> it was a tweet. i think you're referring to -- >> brian: there was a tweet, deeply as embarrassing. >> there was something much big in the tweet, the entire effort by president obama when he came into office to go to cairo, apologize and his basic stance of reconciliation if you will with the muslim world. the arab spring and all that examine look where we are now. all these wonderful warm words we presented, just -- >> brian: when we come back, we're going to talk about the
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>> brian: the president has no time to meet with prime minister netanyahu when he visits the u.s. later this month. what kind of message could that be sending to one of our greatest allies? we do know they had a two-hour conversation late last night. fox news is confirming the prime minister requested a meeting with president obama. and he's not able to make time for him. do you think this damages relations? >> i don't think it damages relations. i think that there is a very delicate balance of what's going on now in these discussions and negotiations. again, though, i know you objected to what you called my
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filibuster in the last segment, but i think the concern here, again, is that we don't want our foreign policy to be determined by election year considerations here in the united states. that would be a very, very dangerous thing. >> brian: it bothers you that he would want to go to ohio instead of staying in washington to meet with the prime minister? >> no, you're putting words in my mouth. what bothers me is that this is a very complex situation. the israeli people are in a dangerous situation. people all across the middle east are in a dangerous situation. american troops are in a dangerous situation. >> brian: right. >> and i just don't like the idea that we're going to sit around and that others are going to sit around and try to partisannize a discussion and lay blame for -- >> brian: you're way beyond the question. the question is, is it the fact that he has told the prime minister, i don't have time for you, is that a problem? >> it's a big problem. remember, what we're trying to avoid here is mushroom clouds over jerusalem examine tel -- ad
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tel aviv. we want to prevent that fort humanitarian and fiasco, that would be monumental proportions. one way to do that would be to -- when the prime minister says may we meet with you? the president says yes. or david letterman can wait while i tend to this crucial national security. >> gretchen: 5:00 o'clock he'll be -- >> brian: 5:00 o'clock he'll be taping david letterman. >> the prime minister arrives later this month. the issue is that -- >> brian: no, no, on the day he is going to be -- could be might meting with the prime minister, he will be doing letterman. >> netanyahu arrives after that fact. that's what i read in one of the israeli daily papers. i think the issue is the president number one, he has met with netanyahu every single time he's come here. he was on the phone with him last night. the bigger issue is the united states provides $3 billion
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annually in aid to israel specifically for military. so to say that the president, just because he's not going to meet with him on this one time has not been an ally, of course, there is always going to be differences of opinion over iran and these complex issues that we discuss, but when it comes down to the actual facts and there, we see the president has -- is doing what he says he's done. >> brian: all right. good debate. thanks for coming in. we'll continue to follow these breaking stories. thanks so much. coming up, three minutes before the bottom of the hour, latest developments on our top story. if you're just waking up, the u.s. ambassador to libya is dead, killed in an attack. we'll go live to the state department after this break.
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islamist flag instead. >> steve: how is the united states government reacting? both president obama and secretary of state hillary clinton paying tribute to a man who bravely served our nation overseas. fox news senior white house and foreign affairs correspondent, wendell goler, is live with the latest. >> ambassador chris stevens was a huge loss. he and foreign service officer sean smith and two others whose families have not been notified, killed last night after an attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. steves and others had gone there to try to evacuate american and libyan workers after a mob descended on the building protest ago u.s.-made internet video they felt defamed the prophet mohammed. libyan leaders initially blamed the video. they apologized for the attack a short while ago n. a written statement, president obama said of ambassador season, quote, chris was a courageous and exemplary representative of the united states throughout the libyan revolution he selflessly served our country and the
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libyan people and our mission in benghazi. stevens was a career diplomat from northern california, extensive experience in the middle east and north africa. he spoke arabic and french, deputy chief of the u.s. mission from 2007 to 2009. he was the envoy to the transitional national council which was the predecessor, if you will, to the libyan government now and served as ambassador since may. secretary of state hillary clinton said of stevens, quote, he risked his own life to lend the libyan people a helping hand to build the foundation for a new free nation. he spent every day since helping to finish the work that he started. president obama has ordered increased security at u.s. embassies around the world. but security really is the responsibility of the host country and stevens' death is an example of the big problem in libya right now. it has still not disarmed the many militias that banded together to overthrow moammar gadhafi and now find themselves fighting with each other. steve, gretchen, brian?
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>> steve: thank you very much. we understand there are no americans left in benghazi at this point. apparently earlier on wednesday morning, this morning in cairo, egypt, 40 or 50 protesters showed up at the american embassy, but far outnumbered by the security forces propping up our side. egyptians standing against the protesters. >> gretchen: so far we have two countries where we've had these uprisings now in libya and in egypt and there was some confusion coming out of the white house in this administration examine the -- and the state department and embassies as to what the american message was about what was going on with this violence. >> brian: how ironic is it that in libya and benghazi, we got involved because all those people were about to be steam rolled, genocide was about to ensue. most of those people probably wouldn't be alive today if we didn't take military action on our own dime to save them. >> steve: that's right. remember, this is all over a movie. the initial response from the embassy in cairo was to
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essentially apologize. here is what they said, the embassy of the united states in cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of muslims as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions. then the white house walked it back and said that's not an official statement. we don't feel that way. >> brian: by the way, shouldn't that person be fired? that's the initial statement, not cleared by the white house that goes against every natural sentiment of almost every american, apologize after your embassy is burned and stormed and burned? >> gretchen: somebody who agrees with you is bruce. he used to be an advisor in the nixon administration. he joined us earlier on "fox & friends" and here is what he had to say. >> these are all acts of war. a u.s. embassy should be as safe as your living room. if you're overseas and you go to an embassy of a foreign country,
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you are in that foreign country and by all international law, those are acts of war. for god's sakes, stay home and be commander in chief. >> gretchen: that was his response to the question, what should president obama do today about this crisis now that is unfolding and will continue to unfold and maybe longer. >> steve: there are reports as well that after the protests yesterday, apparently we did send more marines into cairo examine also to trip will he -- and also to benghazi and apparently two of the people who were shot and killed along with the ambassador, u.s. marines. according to cbs news. >> brian: now the rest of your headlines, something unrelated. the surviving members of o. j. simpson's defense team denying a prosecutor's claim that the infamous bloody glove was tampered with by the late johnny cochran. co-counsel telling the los angeles times this is an insult to cochran's dignity to imply he did anything unethical. another member says that if
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prosecutors suspected evidence tampering, they should have reported it at the time. not 18 years later. >> steve: now to some extreme weather on this wednesday. a dramatic rescue unfolding in nevada. take a look at this brand-new video. a woman trapped in her truck by flood waters. there she is. apparently brought to safety because a rescue worker was able to reach her by chopper. she was placed in a harness and lifted up. you can see her dangling in the sky before making it safely into the chopper and dry land eventually. torrential rain from thunderstorms brought on the major flooding. gretch? >> gretchen: on the last night of the democratic national convention, a retired navy four star took the stage to pay tribute to veterans behind him on a giant screen, the image of four worships. the only problem is, they are russian warships. the major mistake spotted by a former sailor, naval experts confirming they are, in fact, russian ships where what appear to be u.s. jets nearby. whoops. >> steve: that's embarrassing.
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straight ahead on this very busy wednesday morning, the latest developments out of libya after a deadly attack, larry sabato on how this could reshape the race for president like the iranian hostage situation did back in the 1980s begin. tomato, obviously. haha. there's more than that though, there's a kick to it. wahlalalalallala! smooth, but crisp. it's kind of like drinking a food that's a drink, or a drink that's a food, woooooh! [ male announcer ] taste it and describe the indescribable. could've had a v8.
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>> steve: we've got quick headlines of other news this morning. the state of wisconsin now in play for president obama. starting tomorrow, he's rolling out campaign ads in vice presidential candidate paul ryan's home state. as for mitt romney started airing there earlier this week. four years ago, president obama won by 14 points. now uncertain. a brand-new report revealing president obama personally copy edited bill clinton's speech last week for the dnc in charlotte. the president offered a few key edits to the parts about medicare and welfare reform and
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clinton reportedly made it. gretch? >> gretchen: president obama condemning the attacks that killed four americans, including the u.s. ambassador to libya, christopher stephens. we are a few hours into the crisis. could this have an impact now in november? professor of political science at university of virginia, larry sabato joins me this morning. good morning to you. >> good morning, gretchen. >> gretchen: isn't this case in point that politics change on a dime? >> it sure is. and it's a good reminder to all of us who think we know what's going to happen in the next two months that we most certainly don't. things can happen on an hourly basis, a daily basis, a weekly basis. and look, when these things start, you never know how they're going to play out. there are plenty of examples in american history where something like this would have the flag effect that helps the president examine plenty of examples of where it creates the opposite effect r it could end up
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damaging an incumbent president running for reelection. >> gretchen: let's talk about both of those examples. i'm thinking of the hostage crisis in iran. obviously that didn't play out well for jimmy carter. >> that's a good example. absolutely. in 1980, jimmy carter had plenty of economic problems to boot. but really the last blow to the carter presidency came on the sunday before the tuesday election when the negotiations with the iranians for the release of the hostages utterly collapsed. we've been led to believe again that we were very close to getting those hostages back and we found out right before the election it wasn't going to happen. voters were crest fallen and a two point reagan lead became a ten point reagan looed in 48 hours. >> gretchen: we have no idea what's going to happen with this crisis in libya. maybe the violence is quelled and it's a situation where four americans are killed and it's a horrible tragic event. but then, we move on and talk back about the economy again, or
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it could be that this whole thing takes over the debate of what we're discussing with regard to who becomes president. how do you see it? >> well, i simply don't know. i would be lying if i told you i knew how it was going to play out. you would think in 2004 when the key issue became national security. now, that was an extension of 9-11, but it also was a product of the forces that were clearly in play internationally during the fall of 2004. it helped the incumbent president. i think that was the key issue that kept president bush who had lost the popular vote in 2000 from becoming yet another president who lost the popular vote and then was defeated for reelection or didn't run for reelection. remember, president bush was the first president who lost the popular vote, who won the popular vote examine got a second term. so you just never know with these forces. that's why we watch on a minute to minute basis. >> gretchen: so the latest polls
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show that americans, only ten to 15% of americans think a foreign policy as an important thing when they make their decision in november for who should become president. does this event -- i know we don't know how it will unfold, but does it change that at all? >> it ought to increase the percentage. my goodness, we've had enough examples in american history so all of us should constantly focus on international relations and think about who we want to sit in the oval office making those key decisions because crises will inevitably come. you don't have a four-year period. it just doesn't happen in a world as complex and as threatening asment one we live in. >> gretchen: so thus far as you look at how the administration has responded to this, how do you think they have done and what should mitt romney do today >> well, they just started. it's hard to know how it's going to play out. i can't really give them a grade, except for incomplete. as far as mitt romney's concerned, i think when you're
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the challenger, you need to be careful. you need to sit back and wait. certainly you can issue a general statement and no doubt he'll condemn the killing of the ambassador and the others. but you want to see how it plays out. that is an advantage of incumbency. you can take action. if you take the wrong actions, you could be sure your challenger just a few weeks before the election is going to critique you publicly. >> gretchen: all right. larry sabato, always good to get your opinions and your insights, especially with a breaking news situation. thanks so much. we'll see you soon. >> thanks. >> gretchen: could the attack on our u.s. consulate in libya and our embassy in egypt be considered acts of war? two experts who work with the secretary of defense join us next. first, let's check in with martha mccallum. >> good morning. obviously this is a continuing breaking news situation throughout america's news room this morning. the killing in libya of our u.s.
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ambassador and three others. we've got brand-new information coming in. we'll have more white house response, we expect. also more response from the romney campaign, the global and political implications, all of that coming up at the top of the hour. we'll see you then ♪ [ acoustic guitar: slow ] [ barks ] ♪ [ upbeat ] [ barks ] beneful playful life is made with energy-packed wholesome grains... and real beef and egg. to help you put more play in your day.
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>> brian: we're following a fox news alert now out of libya. the u.s. ambassador to the country of libya, christopher stevens, dead after a series of attacks on the u.s. interests in the middle east, including our embassy in cairo. >> steve: the white house this morning has now condemned the acts, but could this be considered an act of war? let's talk to former assistant secretary of defense and fox news national security analyst, k.t. mcfarland who worked for president reagan and also joining us, former assistant of
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defense under president bush, victoria clark. good morning to you. >> good morning. how are you? >> steve: fine, thank you very much. act of war? >> definitely an act of war. the united states embassies around the world are considered united states territory. so someone who attacks an american embassy is in effect going to war against the united states. now, is it the country of libya going to war against the united states? no, it's a mob. should the country of libya protect the united states embassy? absolutely. >> brian: what does the president do right now to show the seriousness of it examine to make sure this doesn't spread like wildfire throughout the middle east? >> it's a great question. obviously i focus a lot on the communications aspects of this. but i think he should be at a podium denouncing this violence in the strongest terms possible. >> brian: already? >> absolutely. encouraging, urging the libyan and egyptian government to get to the bottom of these attacks and what happened and making sure those people are brought to justice. and by the way, he can remind the american people, this is why we have people over there. this is what we're trying to accomplish.
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this is why they died. this is what we're going to do to insure it doesn't happen again. he can talk about what our policies are in the region at the same time. but i think it is absolutely important that he send the strongest message possible that this will not be tolerated. >> steve: let's talk about the security. we're talking about the embassy there in benghazi. apparently all service personnel there out of there. there is a story that apparently when the crowd came up, the libyan security hired effort by libya or the united states to help protect the embassy, they seemed to have indicated to the protesters where the americans were. next thing you know, the protesters are attacking that building and that's how this happened. >> you know, if this is president obama's jimmy carter moment. this is exactly what happened in 1978. the carter administration shoved aside the shah of iran, helped him topple the throne in favor of the rebels and what came? mullahs. we have now pushed out dictators who had to go, but we pushed them out and what's come in
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their place? chaos examine burning of the american flag. throughout the arab spring, you never saw the american flag being burned. now you're seeing it examine now americans are being killed. >> brian: torre, think about this, remember it was the genocide that was about to be bestowed on the people of benefit khazei and that's when the president said, when pushed by the french president, we have to take some action. we decided to lead from behind to prevent genocide. we don't mind it in syria. we want to prevent it in libya. and these are the same people that killed our guys! >> right. absolutely right. i think we'll know very shortly whether or not the libyan government is sincere about its words because if they are fully cooperative in the investigation, if they move very quickly to bring the people who did this to justice, then we'll know that yes, the libyan government while fragile, is trying to do the right thing. but if in the initial hours and days after this we are not getting their full cooperation, i think that sends a very, very different signal. >> steve: what about the initial response from the embassy in cairo? they essentially apologized
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for -- to the protesters. >> this is not a part of the world where apologies help. they hurt. and the president needs to get out today, get off the golf course and in the strongest possible today, tell that part of the world that american lives are sacred. we have helped them with their revolution and any attack against americans or the american embassy will be met with the sharpest reprisals. >> brian: you mentioned communications is your expertise. when this starts happening yesterday and we start hearing about it last evening, what do you think is the traditional response from our government, being that the state department went off the reservation with that stupid released statement? what should the white house be doing? >> again, i'm repeating myself. but i think the president has to be at the podium. he has to break through the clutter and break through the confusion of statements that were september out and walked back. he needs to be at a podium look the american people and the world right in the eye and saying, this will not be tolerated. but i want to add on to something kt was talking about,
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which is -- i hope i'm wrong about this, but i found it even before the ambassador and the three others were killed, let's not forget them -- even before that, i thought if this is too much of a coincidence for these to occur in egypt, on libya, on the anniversary of 9-11. i hope i'm wrong, but one of the things we have to get to very, very quickly is was there some broader effort in play? >> brian: they were chanting, we are all osama bin laden. i don't think you're wrong. >> steve: let me ask you this. >> it didn't seem a mistake. >> steve: before you go, there is going to be a presidential election two months from yesterday. mitt romney is obviously going to come out today and make a stronger statement than the one he did yesterday. >> i think that's a mistake. we should have one president of the united states at a time when it comes to foreign policy. i think this is the moment when we all know are governor romney stands on these issues. i don't think he should be a second voice of foreign policy. now, if obama doesn't get out there and stop this violence, that's one thing. but right now you tonight want to have two spokesmen.
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go after these guys. but you do not want this to become a political election issue right now. >> steve: tori and k.t., thank you very much. >> thank you. >> brian: we'll be back in two minutes to wrap things up and turn things over to "america's news room." don't go away der my town. it's a game changer. ♪ it means cleaner, cheaper american-made energy. but we've got to be careful how we get it. design the wells to be safe. thousands of jobs. use the most advanced technology to protect our water. billions in the economy. at chevron, if we can't do it right, we won't do it at all. we've got to think long term. we've got to think long term. ♪ droid does. and does it launch apps by voice while learning your voice ?
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